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Internet outages reveal gaps in US broadband infrastructure

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. — When vandals sliced a fiber-optic cable in the Arizona desert last month, they did more than time-warp thousands of people back to an era before computers, credit cards or even phones. They exposed a glaring vulnerability in the nation’s Internet infrastructure: no backup systems in many places.

Iran says nuke talks focused despite Yemen crisis

LAUSANNE, Switzerland — Iran’s foreign minister sought Friday to dismiss concerns that his country’s preoccupation with the crisis in Yemen could pre-empt attempts to find common ground at nuclear talks with six world powers, saying the negotiations remained focused on sealing a deal.

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US, Iran resume nuke talks with GOP letter hanging over them

LAUSANNE, Switzerland — Top U.S. and Iranian diplomats returned to talks late Monday, seeking to resolve differences blocking a deal that would curtail Iran’s nuclear program and ease sanctions on the country. Among the issues they’re now contending with is a Republican letter warning that any deal could collapse the day President Barack Obama leaves office.